Easter Pattern of the Week

Easter Eggs

You still have plenty of time to get "crackin'" on some Easter knits. You can always look back and use our sweet little hen pattern, or you could knit some soft eggs using this pattern. I'm plugging away on my sweater and feel really focused on that at the moment but I hope to get some Easter Knits in before I need to stuff baskets.

Ooh or maybe I'll knit some of these sweet teeny tiny bunnies.

Happy Spring Knits!

 

Yarn Graffiti – Giveaway

I came across some info, maybe in Craft Magazine, a while back about Urban Knitting - basically knitting and "tagging" urban fixtures eg. light posts, signposts, door handles, chain links, fire hydrants etc. The reason I'm motivated to post about this is as I was driving down Brooks Street in Missoula, MT yesterday I spied a couple of adorned light posts. I wasn't able to shoot a photo, as I was driving down the street, but I plan to go back and snap a couple of shots of what I saw. This wiki page has an awesome explanation and info on a group called knitta that started doing this in Houston, TX (wiki page is where my photo came from). It looks to me, from the tiny bit of research I did, that this started way back in 2005 - back in the day - heh. The motivation was unfinished projects, I'm pretty sure all of you knitters have a handful of those. Anyway I plan to yarn bomb something in my town, yo. And I think you should too. If you do happen to do so and email me a photo and leave a comment I will choose one lucky winner to receive a hank/skein of yarn. I'm giving away a skein of one of my favorites, a light green (color number A031) Sheep Number Two. The catch...I need at least 10 photos to conduct my giveaway so start knitting or crocheting whatever you fancy. Contest ends March 31st and the giveaway will take place on April Fool's Day - as long as I have 10 photos...and I'll share the photos (along with links to your blogs) in a post on/near the 1st.

Ooh, and this blog post has some amazing photos of a tree, or several.

Get your creative juices flowing and cozy up some urban fixtures where you live. I can't wait to see what you all have to share.

Hoodie Pattern

Whit's Hoodie

This isn't my pattern, but I couldn't resist this choice for the 'pattern of the week' after talking about how much this Mama loves a good hoodie. I love hoodie's so much I'm knitting one right now...but this would be an awesome simple (shorter) option if you didn't want to knit the entire sweater to go along with the hood. I love the patterns on Purl's blog and Whit must be a genius! This Hoodie Pattern is officially on my list. Plus I'm pretty into making pom poms and there is a wicked cute one on this little number.

New Sweater – Knit in the Round

New Sweater

I'm starting another sweater, I tore out the sweater for my sweet husband - that will be a project for later...

I started my sweater a few days ago and pulled the entire thing out last night. I decided on a hoodie of sorts. I didn't want to deal with a zipper though, so I'm knitting a pullover hoodie. The pattern I picked I found on Ravelry. The sweater is called the Weekend Hoodie, unfortunately not a free pattern, but one that looked pretty much spot on. I love having a hood on my sweaters, it is a definite bonus on windy/chilly spring days. I decided to start with a sweater for myself, maybe that isĀ  selfish, but I haven't made a single thing for myself yet so I suppose it is high time!

I ran into problems right from the get-go, you'd think after all of the knitting in the round I do, I would have it figured out, but I definitely didn't! The second row was the reason for pulling my entire sweater apart. When I say entire sweater - I was on row 12 ish...so not really that far, but when you cast on 220 stitches it feels like a LOT. I started over after figuring this out....

Flat Knitting:

  • garter: knit every row
  • stockinette: knit 1 row, purl 1 row
  • reverse stockinette: purl 1 row, knit 1 row

Round Knitting:

  • garter: knit 1 round, purl 1 round - this is where I went wrong. I was just knitting, knitting, knitting...not making a very appealing bottom to my sweater.
  • stockinette: knit knit knit every row
  • reverse stockinette: purl purl purl

I mean, it makes perfect sense when you think really hard about it, problem is I wasn't thinking very hard about it.

Before I sign off I should tell you about my delicious yarn choice. I keep going back and forth between whether or not I like it enough to wear that sweater as much as I ought to once it is complete. I think today I'm pretty into it. It is a Cascade Yarn - Lana Bambu. It is 79% Wool and 21% Viscose from Bamboo.

I'm taking a sweater class to complete this project. I cast on 220 stitches on my brand spankin' new Addi needles (size 6) and I've moved onto the Addi lace needles (sharper points) in size 7 and I'm going for it. The pattern is knit rows 1-3, p3, k1 on row 4 and start over knitting again. I think the pattern will be pretty fun when it gets taller, I'll keep you posted.

Oh and I'm going to make a video of how to switch to a new ball of yarn as soon as I need to do so. If you missed the ball winder and swift video and you feel like throwing up, you should check it out.

Happy Knitting!

Ladybug/Ladybird Pattern

Birthday Garland

My project to show off for the week is the birthday garland. If you want to see how we made it you can check our crafty blog. It was a kid-friendly project and we had a lot of fun spending our day, stuck inside, doing something creative to pass the time.

Now onto the pattern: This is ADORABLE! I'm kind of on a toy kick right now so I think I'll knit up one of these sweet little ladybugs to stuff in a spring Easter Basket.

Happy Knitting!